HUNDREDS of music lovers and record collectors showed their support for a popular independent music store for Record Store Day.

Fans flocked to Bridport Music which once again took part in the annual event on Saturday (13/4), with many people queuing at the South Street shop through the night to be the first in when the doors opened at 8am.

A number of exclusive vinyl releases were on offer and various musicians played throughout the day.

As well as it being a day to celebrate independent record shops, it was also a very special occasion for them too as it was also Bridport Music's 45th birthday.

'Bridport Record Centre' opened in 1974 at 96 South Street before moving to its current location at 33a South Street in 1979.

Owners Piers and Steph wanted to broaden the range of products the shop stocked in a bid not to join the growing list of independent record shops closing, so in 2007, Bridport Record Centre. was renamed Bridport Music.

A birthday cake was cut at 4pm by local musician Mitch and customers, family and friends toasted the shop with a glass of fizz, including singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.

Steph said: "The first queuer was there at 11.30pm the night before.

"It all went very well and we have had so many lovely comments from everyone."